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Nope, you haven’t landed on the wrong blog site! This is what happens when creative people get together for an opening night party and have a fashion (we’re using the term very loosely here!) challenge — Project Runway style! Our brave models from left to right were Ty Schultz, Earl Zachery, and Dan Carell who are all winners in our eyes. Oh… our eyes!

The fun and frivolity was not only seeing these good sports walk the final runway for this competition, but also watching everyone in action getting made up! Do you think Ty’s hand is saying, “I surrender” or perhaps it’s more like, “help me”. Janne Robberstad looks as if she’s about to get serious with that hair spray… look out Ty!

One of the fabulous things about how Art & Soul retreats has grown over the years, is the diversity of workshops and instructors that we now have. I mean — we’ve got practically everything you can think of! And this year we had so much more…

One thing we always have are students who love what they create and are so pleased with themselves! Being surrounded by hand made prints from Liz Kettle’s Natural Beauty class — well, it’s just too much fun! It’s quite common to walk into a classroom and see recently created works of art strewn about all over the place, and the students all abuzz.

And speaking of things strewn about — ummm, uh-oh, wait! Oops you weren’t supposed to see that! Pay no attention to the woman behind that door. Okay, since you already peeked… it’s my friend Jean… and she’s getting all the glorious items together to fill your goodie bags with. Weren’t they fabulous?

Sharyn Sowell’s Letterpress 101 was an amazing education in an age-old manual printing discipline — and such a lovely one at that. Look at all these cool letters and images — how can you decide what to play with? Isn’t it funny how a lot of us mixed-media artists are drawn to the type cases, block letters and images… and now we can take a class where we get to actually use them! Fascinating.

I don’t know how she does it, but Susan Schenk’s Collage Your Pet class always ends up with amazing pieces. Can’t you just see the soulful expression on this yellow lab’s face? Adorable!

And take a look at this radiant beauty created in Jessica Acosta’s Doll Collage workshop! Simply stunning and such great detail with the shading and addition of dimensional objects. Lovely, lovely layers!

We even had a class on loom weaving with Kat Allison! Looks theraputic and fun! Another classic American craft kept alive through the mixed media art retreat. Hooray for history!

And what have we here? A wig workshop by Lana Guerra! Students totally got Wigged Out on this one. Check out Greg Clark’s cool creation in pink. I bet you could learn a lot in this class and then apply it on a smaller scale for mixed media dolls! Now that’s exciting!

And let’s not forget about our Vendor Extravaganza — always a blast! All the mixed media art supplies you could dream of (and more) all in one place! Didn’t Mary Fisher have some delicious looking fabrics? Yum!!

And now that we’re all caught up, I’d really like to say thank you so much to all our instructors for their hard work, support and dedication to Art & Soul. You are a huge part of our succes — and not only that — you are a part of our family!

A big thanks to Patti Haltom of Stamp A Dee Do Da for bringing her store to the Portland event! She did a fabulous job gathering stuff for attendees!

The Embassy Hotel continues to be the best in the world. The staff is incredible and seems to remember every one of us and our individual needs. How lucky we are to have had our event with them for over 10 years!

And Marie. Woman of Steel. We love you!

So I hope to see some of you in Virginia Beach (our rooms have balconies on the water – Wowza!) or perhaps at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV. Until then my little mixed media mavens….

Glenny
xoxo

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Wow, I’m telling you… what an amazing week we all had at the Green Valley Resort! How relaxing it was to sit poolside for a quiet moment between classes and gather up some of that beautiful sunshine amidst the palms and gardens. And there’s something exciting about having a retreat in such a serene setting while having the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas be only minutes away! This venue really is outstanding — everyone loved it.

Our wonderful instructors outdid themselves with spectacular classes. Thanks to all of you for making the attendees’ wishes come true and for perpetuating such marvelously creative ideas! Your kindness and patience really allow people of all levels of artistic experience to come to Art & Soul and try something new. You rock!

And for everyone who attended — newbies and long-time followers alike — thank you so much for wanting to take some soulful time for yourselves, push your creative limits, be adventurous, as well as meet with old friends and make new ones too. Whether you’ve come to Art & Soul for the first time, or have been for years — it definitely makes a palpable impact in your life. Something you can feel in the moment, but also take home with you. Thank you all for taking this journey with us!

Well lookie here… I just love to see a room full of students concentrating diligently on what they’re doing. You know when the room goes silent, the creative wheels are turning! Sheer bliss.

Hmmmmmm. Decisions, decisions. Half the fun in these creative classes is seeing how everyone puts their own twist on the techniques being taught. Personalities really shine through in the artwork made here!

And all the wonderful classes that Art & Soul has to offer, wow! Even though it’s almost a week-long retreat — I know for the students it’s sometimes hard to choose which ones to take. Many take workshops based on techniques they’d like to enhance. Others make their choices based on going totally outside their comfort zone.

But no matter which direction they go, I’ve heard time and time again how much they loved what they did! Just look at the Milagros in this photo. How cool are they!

And how about those spacious classrooms? Who doesn’t love room to spread out and create! Everyone had plenty of room, not only for all their “stuff” on the table, but also for the luggage, carts and bins they use to bring it all to class. Makes everything so much nicer when you have enough space to concentrate on the task at hand — setting your creativity freeeee!

So, once again — thanks to the Green Valley Resort, and to the teachers, and to the attendees, and the Vendor Night vendors and shoppers, and to Marie Kennedy and Liz Krening for keeping me on my toes in the office.

Love and hugs,
Glenny xoxo